The day when anyone can start a restaurant at Helsinki Airport

Would you like to start a restaurant at Helsinki Airport? It is now possible as Finavia will open the doors of Helsinki Airport to home chefs on the Restaurant Day. The Global Restaurant Day will take place on 17 August.

"The concept is about having a great time, sharing new experiences and enjoying the joint environment. Travel includes the same elements. We did wonder why not can Helsinki Airport be one of the venues of the Restaurant Day," says Ville Haapasaari, Director of Helsinki Airport.

Finavia, the Finnish airport operator, will make it possible to celebrate the Day at the airport, which is a totally unique venue. In fact, the airport will have four locations where restaurant owners can start their popup restaurants. Some restaurants will be located at the airport terminal in the departure gate area on the other side of security check.

"Despite the special arrangements, the Restaurant Day will take place at the airport just like at other locations. Restaurants will be set up by private people who will serve delicious portions to customers. As far as we know, we are the first airport in the world where the Restaurant Day is celebrated," says Haapasaari.

If you would like to start a restaurant at the airport on the Restaurant Day, please check detailed instructions here: www.finavia.fi/restaurantday

The first Restaurant Day took place in May 2011. The event started from Finland and became the world's leading food festival that takes place four times per year at hundreds of cities all around the world. On the Restaurant Day, restaurants have been founded in parks, homes and marketplaces and now at an international airport.

Visit the Restaurant Day website: www.restaurantday.org

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Finavia provides and develops airport and air navigation services with focus on safety, customer-orientation and cost efficiency. Finavia’s comprehensive network of 24 airports enables international connections from Finland — and to different parts of Finland. Helsinki Airport is the leading Northern European transit airport for long-haul traffic. Revenues in 2013 were EUR 353 million, and the number of employees 2800.

At the beginning of the year, Finavia launched an investment programme worth one billion euros with the goal of strengthening Helsinki Airport's position as the number one transfer airport for air traffic between Europe and Asia. The airport prepares to serve an annual number of 20 million travellers by 2020. The development programme will transform the airport’s facilities and services in the coming years.

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Finavia provides and develops airport services with focus on safety, customer-orientation and cost efficiency. Finavia’s comprehensive network of 21 airports enables international connections from Finland — and to different parts of Finland. Helsinki Airport is the leading Northern European transit airport for long-haul traffic. Revenues in 2015 were EUR 381 million, and the number of employees 2400.

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